The LGBTI world is celebrating same-sex marriage equality in Germany, looking forward to one young couple’s wedding and loving a New York cop’s t-shirt
Unusually this week I’m bringing you nothing but positive, happy news. We’re celebrating love in Germany, looking forward to a live-stream partnership ceremony in the UK and applauding a wonderful police officer in New York.
After years of political maneuvering, Germany has backed same-sex marriage equality in a landslide vote this morning.
393 politicians voted for marriage equality, while 266 voted against.
Chancellor Angela Merkel had blocked a free vote on the issue for years but changed her position this month – although she voted against herself.
We may be just weeks from the first marriages in Germany. Which country do you think will be next?
Many people around the world have never had the chance to attend a same-sex marriage or civil partnership. Some live in countries where attending such a ceremony means risking being rounded-up, beaten and imprisoned.
So when my colleague James and my friend Matthew asked if Gay Star News would broadcast their civil partnership to the world – we said yes!
Why only a civil partnership? Because James is Australian and marriage is not equal there. So to show solidarity, they will upgrade their CP to a full-on marriage once Australia equalises it’s law.
Yes, they really are that lovely.
We’ll be updating on the details of the livestream soon. I hope you will join us online in August to celebrate with James and Matthew.
We don’t know this cop’s name. But we do know his amazing message.
He chose to wear this amazing t-shirt under his uniform while covering Pridefest. And he told the world the reason.
For my step brother.
For my priest.
For my aunts who died before they could be legally married.
For my cousin.
For all of the cops I have worked with over the years, including one of the best partner’s I’ve ever shared a sector car with.
For my classmate in High School who’s parents made him sleep in a tent in his yard.
For the man who cried on my shoulder about losing his partner on 9/11.
For every call I went to where someone got kicked out of their house or who’s family just didn’t understand.
For anyone who’s had to hide who they are.
I’ve got your back.
Love is Love.
What do you think?
Let Blued and me know what you think. You can read more about all these stories, plus loads of new articles, photos and videos every day, on Gay Star News.